Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
These words of God have given us faith and strength when we are in difficulty or adversity. God is faithful. As long as we rely on God at every moment, He is with us to strengthen our faith and help us overcome difficulties and escape from danger. Just as in the face of the Philistines’ invasion and attack, when the Israelite saw the giant Goliath, they fled with fear. Only a boy named David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand” (1 Samuel 17:45-46). From David’s words, we see that he had a place for God in his heart and that God was with him, so he could rely on God to defeat the powerful enemy and thus see God’s authority and power. In fact, we also meet with all sorts of enemies in our lives, such as poverty, complex relationships, and strenuous work. As long as we entrust these difficulties to God, He will guide and lead us.
I would like to share one passage of God’s words, “When someone encounters an especially thorny difficulty, when they have no one to turn to, when they feel especially helpless, they trust in God as their only hope. What are their prayers like? What is their state of mind? Is it sincere? Do they have any mixed purpose at that time? When you trust God as though He were the last straw that you clutch onto to save your life, when you hope God will help you, only then is your heart sincere. Though you may not have said much, your heart has already stirred. That is, you give your true heart, your sincere heart to God, and God listens. When God listens, He sees your difficulties, and He guides you, enlightens you and helps you.”
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